The frontman had compared attitudes towards women in rock music and hip-hop in a new interview
The 1975’s Matty Healy has apologised for his comments in a recent interview in which he claimed: “Misogyny doesn’t happen in rock and roll anymore.”
The frontman had been asked what his perspective on drugs within the music industry was in a conversation with The Fader. In response, he said he felt there was a sense of a “drug-taking competition” within Soundcloud rap and noted the same had once happened “in rock and roll.”
“Those things get weeded out the longer those things exist,” he explained. “The reason misogyny doesn’t happen in rock and roll anymore is because it’s a vocabulary that existed for so long is that it got weeded out. It still exists in hip-hop because [the genre] is so young, but it’ll stop.”
Healy’s comments sparked a backlash online, with many pointing out misogyny does still exist within rock music. Girls Against, an intersectional feminist organisation dedicated to preventing sexual assault at gigs, wrote: “So disappointed by these comments made by @Truman_Black we hope he recognises the privilege that these comments are reflecting as we are evidence of misogyny being very much alive in rock and roll.”
Twitter user @ElizaSEgan also commented: “Imagine having so much male privilege you can’t even see misogyny. Also watching him use hip-hop as a coded attack on the black community when rock and roll was built by black artists is hilarious and sad.”
Now, Healy has apologised for his comments on his Twitter page. “This bit of me talking in an interview reads as patronising, uninformed and reductive,” he wrote. “And to be fair it is. And I’d like to apologise.
“What I said isn’t correct. And it’s not all a misquote. Just for clarity I said that misogyny wasn’t ALLOWED in rock and roll now days in a way it is in hip hop – not that it doesn’t exist, that’s maybe a misquote as I’m aware of the misogyny in rocknroll…”
He continued to say he would “never deny the RAMPANT misogyny” that exists within the genre. “It’s everywhere and has been a weirdly accepted part of it since its inception,” he said. “BUT now looking at what I said – I was simplifying a complex issue without the right amount of education on the subject.”
The musician explained that he thought his work “actively trying to support women” through the band’s label, Dirty Hit, and other avenues, may have made him “forget that I’m not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just ‘figure stuff out’ in public and end up trivialising the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues.
“So basically, I’m sorry for saying that as I was wrong,” he concluded. “And thanks for point it out cos if I’m gonna do this I have to keep learning.”
He later added a further clarification, writing: “Just to clarify I’m not apologising for saying ‘rock music is void of misogyny’. I didn’t say that. Any body who says that is not only thick as fuck they most probably don’t have physical eyes. It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
“I’m apologising for the fact my words could INSINUATE that misogyny in culture and music is an exclusively hip hop (black) issue. I do not believe that. What I believe is that I’m not educated enough to speak on THAT properly and a big part of that is this white dick that I have.”
Healy restated that he had been misquoted in replies to Twitter users. “It was a misquote I said that is wasn’t allowed or permitted in the music,” he said in one response. “I’m sure Larry [Fitzmaurice, The Fader writer] would back me up that I was not saying ‘there’s no more misogyny in ‘rock music’. I mean look at emo!? Honestly I would never say that it’s been misinterpreted.”
Last night (December 4), The 1975 returned to the scene of their first London headline show for a tiny gig celebrating the release of third album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’. The record, which was released last week (November 30), is currently on course to debut at Number One on the Official UK Albums Chart.